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Canadiens beat the Avs 3-2 again for the second time in two nights, only this time in regulation. But more about that below the photo. (It also happens to be three straight wins in preseason by the bleu, blanc et rouge, all by the score of 3-2)

The photo below is from last April when we were in Quebec to paint the town red. Well, not exactly paint the town red. Partied quite a bit, though. Well not exactly partied. Walked around a lot and went to a restaurant.

The historic district of Quebec City is sensational, and a handful of miles away is Le Colisee, The House That Beliveau Built, with the new barn being built next door.

Le Colisee holds 15,399 folks, and on this night when the Canadiens and Avalanche did battle, the attendance was………no idea. For some reason, the  Canadiens.com site was blank with no stats. Didn’t anybody want to do it?


Jiri Sekac showed some serious moves, scored a beauty, and is absolutely forcing management to keep him. He had an excellent rookie camp, an excellent main camp, and is now excellent in exhibition games.

Feeling good about Sekac.

Sven Andrighetto, also enjoying a fine preseason, tied things in the second after Colorado had opened the scoring in the first, while in the third, the Avs took the lead once again when Montreal’s Gabriel Dumont was in the sinbin for shooting the puck over the glass.

But soon enough, Sekac, in a magical moment, used his skate to free the puck from goalie Semyon Varlamov and did a cool wraparound to even things at two. And then David Desharnais sent a sweet pass that Brandon Prust had to skate like the wind to catch, and Prust burst in and fooled Varlamov.

Unusual to see Prust behave like a left-handed Guy Lafleur.

The Quebec crowd was pro-Avalanche, cheering for them throughout. The Avs were once the Quebec Nordiques, and all I can say is, when the Expos left Montreal, I could care less about the Washington Nationals.

But there’s always been that built-in rivalry between big city Montreal and the quainter Quebec City, so it’s not really a surprise that Quebec fans cheered against the Canadiens.

Joe Sakic was introduced and given a hardy ovation. Pretty sure that wouldn’t happen with Eric Lindros. (If you’re not aware of the Lindros/Nords situation, give it a Google).

Shots on goal? I don’t know. Like I said, Canadiens.com was blank.

As it was in the first game, only six players played who can be considered regulars or semi-regulars – Tokarski, DD, Prust, Gilbert, Tinordi, and Beaulieu. The rest of the lineup was prospect-packed.

Next up, Washington Capitals at the Bell on Sunday night, probably to lose 3-2.

Habs Clobber Canes (Hic)

It’s tough talking about the Habs-Hurricanes affair in Quebec City on this warm and sunny night. Most of it was with one eye closed.

I’ve been celebrating with some pops today after getting my new Quebec health card. I won’t bore you with the details.

Habs and Hurricanes at Le Colisee Pepsi and it wasn’t packed. Not even close. Good seats at 130 bucks to see a handful of regulars and a ton of prospects was the reason why I guess.The entire top area of the Colisee was empty unless it filled up halfway through when I was nodding off.

6-0 Habs. I didn’t see much fight from Carolina. I wonder if the rink would’ve been packed if it was Boston or the Leafs.

Good one-sided game. We don’t see many of those.

Greg Pateryn scored his first and keeps impressing. Alex Galchenyuk also had his first. Prust had a fight. Michael Bournival scored his third. David Desharnais banked one in off the goalie. PK blasted one home on the power play. Max had a penalty shot.

At least I think that’s how it went.





Colisee Time

Habs at Le Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City to beat the Hurricanes.

There’s probably still a lot of Quebecers who aren’t crazy about the Habs after those Nordiques years. Or maybe it started when the Canadiens took Jean Beliveau from them.

We need a win and a good showing from the bleu, blanc et rouge tonight to impress these passionate fans in the provincial capital. And impress the rest of us too.


Islanders Outmatched In Habs 7-2 Shootout

Fans at Le Colisee in Quebec City voiced their approval in the Habs 7-2 trouncing of the New York Islanders, and these obviously must not be the same fans who threw cups and swore loudly at the Canadiens when the Nordiques were around a couple of decades ago.

They loved the Habs tonight, though, but only because they don’t have their beloved Nords.

And maybe for the Canadiens it’s not the best thing that could happen, this 7-2 romp over the New York Islanders. Maybe the Habs will forget that they played a young and inexperienced team, minus John Tavaras, and now think they’re the 1976 Canadiens, who had their way, like tonight, on most nights back then. 

This was not Denis Potvin, Mike Bossy, and Brian Trottier wearing the Islanders jersey on this night that the Canadiens zipped around with abandon. Not even close. But I think it’s okay because it happens, these bad habit-forming games. It’s not automatic that the winning team will pick up bad things in a trouncing. Years ago, team would barmstom throughout the country in pre-season, playing amateur clubs and it didn’t seem to effect them then, so why should a good old-fashion blow out for the good guys be such a bad thing now? Nothing wrong with a fun night.

At least it got a few guys scoring. Benoit Pouliot finally found the twine. Lars Eller, who we expect big things from, had two. PK Subban blasted one home. Mike Cammalleri notched one. And Tomas Plekanec, who appears to be ready to set the league on fire, had two more.

It was a one-side romp, and Carey Price, although not overworked by any stretch, was solid and allowed two goals he had little chance with.

Random Notes:

That’s it for pre-season with the boys going four wins, three losses. Now it’s time to focus on October 7 when they travel to Toronto to obiterate the Leafs.

Jaroslav Spacek, in his late-game fight with some guy wearing the other jersey, looked like he bailed out before it got too serious. Or maybe he just stumbled. Regardless, Spacek looked less-than-a warrior than he should have.

Le Colisee Wasn’t Big Enough. And It Wasn’t About To Get Bigger


If you’ve ever wondered why such a hockey-mad city and area like Quebec City lost their NHL franchise, Les Nordiques,  and moved to Colorado in 1995, this might answer a few questions. Passion for the sport is one thing. Dollars and cents and a new building the fans didn’t want is another. nords

A 1994 survey published in the Quebec newspaper Le Soleil prior to the franchise relocating to Colorado showed that 78% of the population of Quebec City was against the construction of a new Colisee, which was crucial if the team would survive and stay successful. I should say it again – 78%. No one wanted it. And when analysts looked into it, the reason the locals didn’t want a new building was because the NHL was going through a lengthy 104 day work stoppage at that time and they didn’t feel comfortable.

Nordique president Marcel Aubut wanted a building with a least 19,000 seats. The existing Colisee only housed just over 15,000 seats. And Aubut wanted to add corporate boxes and all the nice stuff other new state-of-the-art rinks were doing.

The whole cost would have been $110 million, which is chump change compared to today’s figures.

And surprisingly enough, fans didn’t even think the Government should throw in much. Only 15% thought the different levels of government should finance the whole project, and only one in four thought the government should pay about a quarter of the project and not more. Sixteen per cent thought the government should pay half, three per cent said the feds should pay three quarters, and another three per cent thought the project should be fully funded by the government.

So, as nice as it was to have the Nordiques in the league, especially with that great Habs-Nordiques rivalry that had grown into legendary status, it was obvious that fans in Quebec just weren’t quite as passionate about having a team as we thought.

I wonder how this compares to the Winnipeg situation.